Prosecution rests as taped rape case hits third day

Defendant fires attorneys midway through second day and now is representing himself.
Wire
Mar 7, 2013

 

The prosecution rested its case in the bizarre case of a rape caught on tape, and the trial continued to get odder today.

As the prosecution wrapped up its case in the trial of Duane Crider, Crider walked to the prosecutor’s table and struck up a conversation with the attorneys. A guard told Crider to get back to the defendant’s table.

Crider fired his attorneys midway through Wednesday’s second day of the trial after the alleged victim testified. He’s now defending himself.

On his first witness, Crider buzzed around the courtroom, interjecting more questions within each answer. He also asked the court to let him use text messages a woman sent to a computer to print out as evidence, but Judge Jeffrey Reed declined.

Crider faces two counts of rape, two counts of sexual battery, two counts of kidnapping and two counts of gross sexual imposition. A police tape caught the second alleged rape in progress, as the victim called Lima Police Department’s non-emergency number before it occurred. The jury heard that tape Tuesday.

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By Greg Sowinski - The Lima News, Ohio (MCT)

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